Life with Luigi: The Phone Booth
Luigi installs a phone booth in his antique shop to drum business but when an unscrupulous plastic salesman (Harry Bartell) horns in, Luigi may have to take desperate measures to save his store.
Run time 27 minutes 4 secondsAudio/Visual sound, color
Features: J. Carroll Naish as Luigi, Alan Reed as Pasquale, and Jody Gilbert as Rosa
August 22, 2013
A Review of Life with Luigi.
Life with Luigi is a sitcom starring J. Carrol Naish as Luigi that began airing as a radio show in 1948 on CBS Radio. The show originally aird from 9:00 to 9:30 on Tuesdays. In 1952, Life with Luigi made the transition to television through CBS Television and aired for two more seasons before it was cancelled in 1953. The show was sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee. This particular episode, "The Phone Booth" aired in September of 1952. It was filmed in CBS Television city at 7800 Beverly Blvd in Fairfax, Los Angeles. The episode stories generally revolve around Luigi Basco, an Italian immigrant who has just recently moved to the United States. The audience gets to witness his ordeals and comical interactions as Luigi attempts to learn English and succeed in his business (running an antique shop). In addition to this the audience often gets to see his comical interactions that take place during Luigi's personal life including his humorous relationship with the daughter of his landlord. In this particular episode, Luigi seems to have the idea that having a phone booth inside of them is what makes so many stores popular. He gets a phone booth installed in his own Antique Shop. The phone booth seems to be doing him more harm than good as through it he meets a travelling salesman who begins to take advantage of Luigi's gullibility.